Strand Releasing Acquires North American Rights to ‘Daughter of Mine’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Strand Releasing has acquired all North American rights to Laura Bispuri’s sophomore outing “Daughter of Mine,” which screened at the Tribeca Film Festival. “Daughter of Mine” world premiered in competition at the Berlin Film Fe…

Strand Releasing has acquired all North American rights to Laura Bispuri’s sophomore outing “Daughter of Mine,” which screened at the Tribeca Film Festival. “Daughter of Mine” world premiered in competition at the Berlin Film Festival where it earned a warm critical reception. Strand Releasing bought the film from The Match Factory. Written by Francesca Manieri […]

Former Berlin Film Festival Director Thinks Condemning Harvey Weinstein Is a Major Loss For European Cinema

“The lynch justice [Weinstein is] now experiencing is just disgusting,” Moritz de Hadeln writes in an op-ed for a new Swiss newspaper.

Moritz de Hadeln, who served as the director of the Berlin Film Festival for more than 20 years between 1980 and 2001, has come to the defense of Harvey Weinstein. In an op-ed written for Swiss newspaper “Die Weltwoch” (via Deadline), de Hadeln says the “lynching” Weinstein is experiencing is “simply disgusting.” The former festival director later praises Weinstein for being instrumental in making international cinema visible in the United States.

De Hadeln criticizes his contemporaries like Cannes director Thierry Fremaux and Venice director Alberto Barbera for condemning Weinstein in the aftermath of dozens of sexual harassment and assault allegations made against him. De Hadeln argues that Weinstein “has not even been convicted of the crimes” in the court of law and that “we should let the legal system decide if Weinstein has committed any crimes.”

“More than anyone else, [international film festival directors] should understand the important role that the Weinstein brothers, Harvey in particular, have had in supporting European cinema,” de Hadeln writes. “Banishing Harvey means removing an important trump card from European cinema: a person who appreciates auteur films and whose knowledge has allowed important works to succeed.”

De Hadeln notes that Weinstein allowed directors such as Jim Sheridan, Pedro Almodovar, Bernardo Bertolucci, Stephen Frears to “gain entry into the U.S. market” by championing their films and agreeing to distribute them stateside. He goes on to criticize public opinion within the industry for turning against Weinstein despite the former studio head not being convicted in court.

“At the risk of recharging the wrath of some feminists: I wish they could do a more balanced job with Harvey Weinstein, whose professional achievements are undeniable,” he writes. “When there are criminal offenses, the judiciary must intervene, but producers, associations, institutions and media should not presume to replace the judiciary.”

In addition to serving as Berlinale director, de Hadeln was also the head of the Venice Film Festival in 2002 and 2003. During his time leading two of the biggest festivals in the world, he supported Weinstein with screenings of films such as “The English Patient,” “Shakespeare in Love,” and “Jackie Brown,” among many others.

Berlin Film Review: ‘What Walaa Wants’

A bullheaded teenage girl growing up in the concrete sprawl of the Balata Refugee Camp in Nablus trains to become a police officer with the Palestinian Security Forces in Canadian director Christy Garland’s “What Walaa Wants.” Shot over five years, from the time Walaa Khaled Fawzy Tanji’s mother Latifa is released from an Israeli prison, […]

A bullheaded teenage girl growing up in the concrete sprawl of the Balata Refugee Camp in Nablus trains to become a police officer with the Palestinian Security Forces in Canadian director Christy Garland’s “What Walaa Wants.” Shot over five years, from the time Walaa Khaled Fawzy Tanji’s mother Latifa is released from an Israeli prison, […]

Berlin Film Review: ‘Ex-Shaman’

Anthropologist-turned-filmmaker Luiz Bolognesi elegantly straddles the line between documentary and fiction in “Ex-Shaman,” a beautifully composed look at a member of Brazil’s Pater Surui tribe whose training as a shaman has ostensibly made him redundant. Formerly the privileged go-between connecting his fellow tribesmen with the spiritual world, the ex-shaman Perpera Surui is himself in a […]

Anthropologist-turned-filmmaker Luiz Bolognesi elegantly straddles the line between documentary and fiction in “Ex-Shaman,” a beautifully composed look at a member of Brazil’s Pater Surui tribe whose training as a shaman has ostensibly made him redundant. Formerly the privileged go-between connecting his fellow tribesmen with the spiritual world, the ex-shaman Perpera Surui is himself in a […]

Berlin Film Review: ‘The Trial’

It was always clear to anyone paying attention that the 2016 impeachment of Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff was a diversionary tactic to cover up rampant corruption from across the aisle. Maddeningly, news outlets outside the country spoke more about whether she was qualified for the job — a blatantly misogynistic aspersion generically cast at female […]

It was always clear to anyone paying attention that the 2016 impeachment of Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff was a diversionary tactic to cover up rampant corruption from across the aisle. Maddeningly, news outlets outside the country spoke more about whether she was qualified for the job — a blatantly misogynistic aspersion generically cast at female […]

Music Box Nabs U.S. Rights To Well-Received Berlin Biopic ‘Becoming Astrid’ From TrustNordisk

Music Box Films has struck a deal with Scandi sales dynamo TrustNordisk for U.S. rights to Pernille Fischer Christensen’s Berlin biopic Becoming Astrid. The well-received drama charts the early years of renowned children’s author Astrid Lindgren who went on to write the best-selling Pippi Longstocking stories. The film zones in on one seminal event that shaped the Swedish writer’s life and how, despite the expectations of her time and religious upbringing, she decided to…

Music Box Films has struck a deal with Scandi sales dynamo TrustNordisk for U.S. rights to Pernille Fischer Christensen's Berlin biopic Becoming Astrid. The well-received drama charts the early years of renowned children's author Astrid Lindgren who went on to write the best-selling Pippi Longstocking stories. The film zones in on one seminal event that shaped the Swedish writer’s life and how, despite the expectations of her time and religious upbringing, she decided to…

Berlin Film Review: ‘Garbage’

For laugh-out-loud bad line of the year, it will be hard to top “I’m garbage. And garbage knows its place.” Were it spoken with an iota of camp, then much could be forgiven, but “Garbage” is tiresome torture porn disguised as a femme-empowering revenge thriller, convinced it’s saying deep things about contemporary Indian society. Director […]

For laugh-out-loud bad line of the year, it will be hard to top “I’m garbage. And garbage knows its place.” Were it spoken with an iota of camp, then much could be forgiven, but “Garbage” is tiresome torture porn disguised as a femme-empowering revenge thriller, convinced it’s saying deep things about contemporary Indian society. Director […]